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Research Thesis Topic

PFAS removal from drinking water using electrochemical cell

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PFAS removal from drinking water using electrochemical cell


Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are present in househould products and foam that were used in Australia for several decades. Several cases of contamination were recently reported in the news. Some firefighting foams contain two PFAS – perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) – that improve the ability of the foam to smother fire. These chemicals will persist in the environment due to their non-biodegradability. This project will look at a novel electro-chemical process to oxidize and breakdown these compounds. Adsorption of PFAS will take place using graphite flakes and regeneration of graphite will take using low electrical current.

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Research Affiliations
  • School of Engineering and Built Environment

Field of Research
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

Available Academic Programs
  • Doctor of Philosophy (DPHD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (DPHD)
  • Master of Research (MRES)

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